Clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, August 24th, 2013, on Western University’s campus. Graduate student Neven Vulic began the first of 2 presentations of his digital slide show “Supernova Explosions—Are They Cool or What?” around 8:30 p.m. He presented it again at 9:30 p.m. Postdoctoral fellow Elisabetta Micelotta was crowd manager and counted 90 people arriving during the course of the evening.
Clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, August 17th, 2013, on Western University’s campus. Physics and Astronomy Department Chair Dr. Shantanu Basu began the first of 3 presentations of his digital slide show on the “Formation of the Solar System” at 8:30 p.m. He also mentioned the newly discovered Nova in the constellation Delphinus, later to be located in telescopes by RASC London Centre members. Graduate student Ethan Luo was crowd manager and counted 47 visitors in the lecture room around 8:40 p.m. after Dr. Shantanu Basu began his first slide presentation. People kept arriving and by the end of the evening Ethan had counted 157 visitors.
RASC London Centre member Gaetan Godin conducted 3 outreach events hosted at Summer House Park on Miller Lake on the Bruce Peninsula near Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula National Park, August 1st, 7th and 8th, 2013. Thursdays, August 1st and 8th were wonderfully clear, but Wednesday, August 7th, was mostly cloudy with just occasional patches of clear sky.
On Saturday August 3rd and again on Sunday August 4th, 2013, the Quai du Vin Estate Winery Star Party took place at 45811 Fruit Ridge Line, southeast of St Thomas. This star party took place a few days prior to the August 6th New Moon, making for wonderfully dark skies and good seeing conditions despite some clouds.
Clear skies greeted visitors to the Cronyn Observatory Open House, Saturday, August 10th, 2013, and Dr. Paul Wiegert began the first of 2 presentations of his digital slide show “The Perseid Meteor Shower” at 8:30 p.m. He followed this with a short slide presentation, “The Russian Meteor of February” concerning the brilliant meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013.